What is Xanax Detox?

Detoxification is the process of giving you body time to get rid of drugs and toxins in its system rid of drugs. During this time, your body may react physically and mentally with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms — some of which can be deadly. Addiction recovery requires medical monitoring and supervision. The time it takes to fully recover depends on individual factors, such as how long Xanax (alprazolam) was abused, the drug intake method, and your genes and family history.

Here at Gratitude Lodge, we offer inpatient detox programs, meaning you’d stay in our luxurious, welcoming rooms and have access to professionals during your recovery. Our local partners in Los Angeles and Orange counties in Southern California offer outpatient detox, which is available to those who have a less severe addiction and want to continue their work or school during their detox. Though detox may sound uncomfortable, it’s a necessary step to take to start a new life.


What are the Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal?

Getting the drugs or alcohol out of your system is the first step to recovery. Detoxing in a safe, professionally staffed environment is important because your brain may have become dependent on drugs or alcohol, which can affect its chemical makeup. In severe dependency cases, suddenly ending Xanax usage could lead to delirium or seizures, which could lead to a fatal coma.

  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heart palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Panic and paranoia
  • Seizures


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How Long Does Xanax Detox Take?

Xanax is a benzo that comes with evident physical and mental withdrawal symptoms 6-8 hours after the last dose. You or your loved one may experience anxiety, which is typically what Xanax treats. Along with heart palpitations and headaches, you may experience paranoia and insomnia, but likely only up to 5 days. Other psychological symptoms need to be treated for weeks or months after your detox.

Xanax Withdrawal Timeline

1-2 Days

You’ll begin to feel the withdrawal symptoms of Xanax as early as an hour after taking your last dose. Most physical and mental symptoms will begin to appear in 6 to 8 hours and peak on the second day of detox.

3-5 DAYS

Most symptoms will subside on the fourth or fifth day of detox. You may experience short-term memory loss, paranoia, hallucinations, depression, or mood swings. You may also have thoughts of suicide, which is why it’s important to detox under professional care.

6-7+ DAYS

While most withdrawal symptoms subside in 5 days, some detox patients may experience a protracted withdrawal. You may experience drug cravings and mental symptoms that can last weeks or months with therapy. Untreated, these can last months or years.

Medications Used in Xanax Detox

To avoid complications with withdrawal symptoms, a physician will gradually lower the amount of Xanax taken. Valium (diazepam) can also be used gradually because it lasts longer in the bloodstream. This way, a small amount can last in the bloodstream without causing cravings that could result in an overdose.

  • Diazepam, another benzo
  • Antidepressants
  • Beta-blockers
  • Lower dose of Xanax

What Happens After Xanax Detox?

While detoxification is the first physical step to recovery from Xanax addiction, there are mental steps involved in recovery after detox. Structured activities, group therapy, and individual counseling are built into your day when you stay at a residential addiction treatment facility. After that, you’ll be able to transition to outpatient care, where you can stay in your own home, attend work or school, and attend therapy in the daytime or evening.

You’ll feel your Xanax withdrawal symptoms become more manageable after detox with the support of medical therapy. Then, at Gratitude Lodge, you can partake in group activities, benefit from a structured schedule, develop responsibility, and become self-sufficient again. Taking all of the steps from Xanax detoxification to outpatient rehabilitation is what helps establish the foundation of a lasting recovery and decreases the chance of relapse.

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Is Xanax Detox Covered by Insurance?

We accept most PPO insurances at Gratitude Lodge for our Xanax Detox programs. Whether you’re staying with us for as little as 7 days or more than 90 days, we have financing options to help you when you’re ready to detox. We accept BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, and many more. As with any insurance, the cost depends on your insurance policy deductible and your policy co-pay.

Some insurance may cover inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab. They may also want you to contribute to the cost. Most treatment facilities can help determine if your insurance is eligible. We’re happy to see if your insurance covers treatment for you or your loved ones. When you choose Gratitude Lodge, you’re choosing to invest in a new you.

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